Foundation / Corporation
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
In-kind services and matching grants of up to $10,000 to Greater Atlanta Area, Georgia nonprofits for consultations and technology to improve organizational capacity. Most awards are not cash grants, but custom-designed organizational assistance packages to help solve a key organizational challenge or problem.
Organizations selected to receive a Nonprofit Toolbox award will work with a specialist who will construct a package of appropriate organizational assistance. The specialist will oversee the award and delivery of professional services to ensure the organization’s stated outcome is reached within the designated time frame.
The goal of the Nonprofit Toolbox program is to provide packages of services and tools to help nonprofit organizations become financially stronger and organizationally strong. In addition to management consulting packages, nonprofits can apply for grants to build organizational capacity through technology. These grants can be in the form of consulting services and/or cash grants.
Although requests for all types of awards will be accepted, Nonprofit Toolbox prioritizes requests in the following areas:
- Board development
- Financial management
- Human resources
- Marketing planning
- Resource development
- Strategic planning
- Succession planning
Nonprofit Toolbox awards are designed to assist in management, governance and administration issues, not programmatic issues. The Nonprofit Toolbox will give priority to organizations that:
- Exhibit organization-wide planning and decision-making in requesting support
- Show clarity in mission and vision
- Clearly define organizational challenges and goals
- Demonstrate a readiness to embark on the solutions to issues and/or challenges
- Align with the Foundation’s Impact Area metrics
- Are requesting support for strategic planning for the first time or are developing their first strategic plan
- Have a strategic plan in place before requesting board development, human resource, marketing, resource development or succession planning assistance
- Demonstrate an understanding of how strategy can propel the organization
- Are located and providing services outside of Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb, and Gwinnett Counties (Note: All applicants must be located and providing services within the Foundation’s 23 county service area)
The Foundation provides the following types of Nonprofit Toolbox Grants: Organizational Assessments, Technology Assessments and Implementation Awards, and Operational Capacity grants.
The assessment may involve working with a staff member from the Georgia Center for Nonprofit’s Nonprofit Consulting Group or another outside consultant who will assist the organization in understanding its strengths and challenges. At the conclusion of the assessment, the board and staff can identify a priority challenge; the organization can then apply for a Nonprofit Toolbox grant in the next cycle to address it. Please note that receiving an Organizational Assessment does not guarantee the organization will receive an Operational Capacity grant in the future.
The Foundation partners with TechBridge™ to support nonprofits seeking to build their organization’s capacity through technology upgrades. Organizations that have an open Operational Capacity Toolbox grant with the Foundation are eligible to apply for Technology Assessment and Implementation Awards, regardless of whether the current Operational Capacity Toolbox project is complete.
- Assessment Awards: A detailed technology assessment is critical to help a nonprofit understand where the organization is now, what its goals are and how it can best leverage technology to reach these goals. The assessment is conducted by TechBridge staff, who walk nonprofits through the technology planning process, from creating a vision of how technology could be most effective in the organization, to assessing and prioritizing its needs, and generating recommendations that can be shared with the nonprofit’s board, staff and potential funders. Please note, that while technology assessment awards can address a wide range of database challenges, the Foundation is not accepting requests for HIPAA compliance assistance at this time.
- Implementation Awards: Implementation Awards are intended to support the costs of carrying out actions identified through the Assessment. Implementation Awards are carried out in partnership with TechBridge, which will provide acquisition advice and access to discounts and support with the implementation of the needed hardware/software solution.
Organizations are required to complete a Technology Assessment from TechBridge within the last 24 months before applying for an Implementation Award.* TechBridge Technology Assessments may be completed through a previous Nonprofit Toolbox Award or through contracting directly with TechBridge. Organizations seeking Implementation Awards must also secure a $1:$1 financial match and can request up to $10,000.
*Receiving a Technology Assessment through Nonprofit Toolbox does not guarantee the organization
will receive a Technology Implementation grant in the future.
Operational Capacity grants are for organizations that have identified a specific project that will strengthen organizational operations and capacity. Although the Foundation partners with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ Nonprofit Consulting Group to implement these awards, Operational Capacity grantees are not required to contract with consultants associated with our partner to complete their Nonprofit Toolbox project. Nonprofits that choose to contract with consultants not affiliated with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits may request up to $15,000; grantees may receive partial funding and should be prepared to supplement the Toolbox award with other funds.
Operational Capacity grantees will be required to make a cash contribution of 5%-10% of the cost of the consulting engagement ($250-$1,500) based on the organization’s budget; see page 7 of the guidelines for complete details. Organizations may only have one open Operational Capacity Grant at a time.
GrantWatch ID#: 175016
Technology Implementation applicants can request up to $10,000 from the Nonprofit Toolbox.
Nonprofit Toolbox projects are considered completed when the identified project outcomes are met and evaluated. Depending on the project, it may take one to 12 months to complete the work. The grant period runs from June 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019.
Geographic eligibility includes Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton Counties.
- Must be located and providing services within the Foundation’s 23-county service area
- Must be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, donations to which are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170 (c)(2) and the I.R.S. determination must be current.
- Must be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as a nonprofit.
- Must have a minimum two-year operating history after the date of receipt of its 501(c)(3) classification.
- Must have annual operating expenses greater than $75,000 as reflected in the most recently filed I.R.S. Form 990.
- Must have at least one full-time paid employee (paid minimum wage or more, working at least 35 hours per week, classified as a W-2 employee) for the 12 months prior to submitting an application (please note that contractors or consultants do not count toward this requirement).
- Must have filed the end-of-grant report for any previous Nonprofit Toolbox award.
The following organizations are not eligible to apply for funding:
- Private and publicly funded schools (K-12) and institutions of higher learning. This does not include nonprofit charter schools.
- Organizations that exclusively raise funds for publicly funded schools (K-12), institutions of higher learning and government agencies.
- Organizations that require participation in religious services and/or education as a condition of receiving services.
- Organizations that have discriminatory policies and/or practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex/gender, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information or political beliefs.
- Applications for consulting services that take place outside the grant period (see page 7 of the guidelines for grant period); and/or
- Applications requesting cash grants to pay for staff salaries or expenses associated with infrastructure challenges.
- Applications requesting support for HIPAA compliance; and/or
- Applications requesting support for programmatic outcome measurement.
The 2018 Nonprofit Toolbox orientation will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend, a recording of the webinar will be posted at a later date.
Register for the orientation using the link in Contact Information below.
2018 Grant Cycle Timeline
- Friday, March 2, 2018 at noon: Application deadline
- By Friday, May 18, 2018: Applicants notified of funding decision
- June 1, 2018-July 31, 2019: Grant period
- Friday, August 31, 2018 at noon: Application deadline
- By Friday, November 16, 2018: Applicants notified of funding decision
- December 1, 2018-January 31, 2020: Grant period
A complete application includes an Organizational Profile, Common Grant Application and a Nonprofit Toolbox Grant Application Supplement. These are all completed through the Foundation’s Nonprofit Online Portal.
Organizational Capacity applicants are required to contribute 5% to 10% of the consulting budget, based on the organization’s budget. Organizations with budgets under $250,000 will be required to contribute 5% of the consulting costs; organizations with budgets over $250,000 will be required to contribute 10% of the consulting costs. Consulting costs vary based on the type of project; grantee contributions are expected to range from $250 to $1,500.
Technology Implementation applicants are required to match $1:$1 and can request up to $10,000 from the Nonprofit Toolbox. Match funds (cash or a combination of cash and in-kind) can be fulfilled as follows: any portion of the project’s cost paid directly by the nonprofit or its donors/funders; new equipment purchased specifically for this program at the expense of the nonprofit; services donated by a third party, if the nonprofit can provide appropriate documentation of the value of services.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Register for the orientation: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/6t1of8xqbscx&eom
Complete an organizational profile and apply online
Lauren Jeong, Program Associate
Hannah Klemm, Program Assistant
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1000
Atlanta, GA 30303
USA: Georgia: Counties of Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton.